East 23rd Street construction on track to be done in December; Harper to reopen

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The construction on East 23rd Street is still on track to be completed in December, according to the City of Lawrence’s Friday traffic update.

In addition, the section of Harper Street just north of 23rd Street is set to reopen Monday, Nov. 6. It was closed for crews to install a waterline, storm sewer and new concrete pavement, and the closure was anticipated to wrap in mid-October.

“Lane restrictions will still be in place at the intersection of Harper St. and 23rd St. to allow crews to complete sidewalk and signal work,” according to the update.

The work on East 23rd Street began in summer of 2022. The street has been reduced to one lane in both directions for a little more than a mile for the duration of the project.

The city initially announced that the work would take about 18 months. Pending weather delays, the project is on track, according to the Friday update.

Other notes from the traffic update:

• City contractors will close Sunset Drive between Oxford Road and Stratford Road beginning next week for utility work related to the Stratford Water Tower project, according to the update. “The City anticipates this closure to end the week of November 20, pending weather or other delays. Additionally, pedestrian paths through Water Tower Park will be closed through the spring to facilitate site utility construction.”

• The city will be doing street maintenance work in the southbound lane of Michigan Street between Second and Fifth streets on Monday, Nov. 7. “Southbound traffic will be maintained during this construction. Additional signage for advanced warning of the closure will be placed to the north to direct traffic to north Iowa St. The City anticipates this closure to end Tuesday, November 8, pending weather or other delays,: according to the update.

• Eighth Street between New York and New Jersey streets has reopened.

• The city will be doing pavement maintenance along Bob Billings Parkway west of Kasold Drive from Wednesday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 10.

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Further information about construction projects in Lawrence is available via the city’s website at lawrenceks.org/construction/. The city’s interactive map of construction projects is available here.

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